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From Bart Schultz

Dear Members of the Southside Arts and Humanities Network–As you all know, our much beloved Senior Program Manager Joanie Friedman has moved on to a wonderful new position with the UChicago Office of Civic Engagement.  I’m sure that all of you will join me in wishing her all good things in that new role, which should be a perfect position for her.  Please rest assured that Joanie and I will continue to be in touch, and that she will regularly serve as a consultant for the CKP/Network, the better to see that the success of the Network continues without interruption.  And I very much hope that all of you will join us on Oct. 10th, starting at 3:30 at the Smart Museum, for the next Progressive Conversation, which will also be something of a celebration of Joanie’s great work with the CKP.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or concerns.  E-mail is best, to, but my cell phone number is 773-571-0580 in case you prefer to talk directly.  And of course, I am always glad to meet in person with our Network members!  Best Wishes, Bart

Bart Schultz
Director of the Civic Knowledge Project
Senior Lecturer in the Humanities (Philosophy)
The University of Chicago Humanities Division
6030 S. Ellis Avenue, Edelstone 133
Chicago, IL 60637
ph 773.834.3929 ext. 1

Special Programs Coordinator
The University of Chicago Graham School
of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies
1427 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637
ph. 773.702.8821
fax 773.702.6814

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Cohort 2013 Board Leadership

Our Board Leadership Program for 2013 is going very well, with 27 participants and 10 featured organizations the group has completed workshops on Organizational Development, Grassroots Fundraising and Legal and Fiduciary Responsibilities.  One last course on Management is coming up on Nov 16th 12-4pm.

Thank you to all the cohort members and organizational leaders for making this so successful.



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Deadline for Board Leadership Certificate Program is May 1st

If you are a Southside Arts & Humanities Organization seeking new board members OR an individual who would like to be trained to become an effective board member, please contact Joanie Friedman to receive an application before the May 1st deadline.

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Board Leadership Certificate Informational Session

The Southside Arts & Humanities Network’s
Board Leadership Certificate Program

Develop the knowledge you need to become a successful board member of a small South Side arts organization. The training you receive will enable you to make a positive impact while building your professional skills and civic responsibility.


Informational Session: Tuesday, April 16th, 2013 12:00-1:00pm

Where: Graham School of General Studies, Press Building, 1427 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637 Room 230

RSVP: (Lunch included for those who RSVP)


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Check out some of our members’ new short films

Watch the new videos that Left Brain Right Brain Productions created for some of our members! The short films offer insight into our member organizations: Bronzeville Historical Society, Cerqua Rivera Dance Theatre, and Neighborhood Writing Alliance. Check out our members, and if you’re in need of any film production, check out Left Brain Right Brain Productions! The films will stay permanently on the Meet a Member section of the blog.

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Meet some of our members!

Check out these new videos that Left Brain Right Brain Productions created for some of our members! The short films offer a glimpse into the workings of Yoruba Arts Foundation, Diasporal Rhythms, South Chicago Art Center, Hyde Park School of Dance, and Global Girls. Check out the videos; check out the organizations; and if you’re in need of any film production, check out Left Brain Right Brain Productions! The films will stay permanently on the Meet a Member section of the blog, so you can always take another look at them or direct others there to watch them.

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Board Leadership Certificate Application: Due May 16th

Hi All!

Round two of the Board Leadership Certificate Program is starting soon, and applications are due this WEDNESDAY! If you’re interested or know somebody who might be, take a look at the information and application below:

Here is a short video that describes the work of the Network and highlights the Board Leadership Certificate Program:


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Board Leadership Certificate Info Sessions

Southside Arts and Humanities Network
Board Leadership Certificate Informational Sessions

Develop the knowledge you need to become a successful board member of a small South Side arts organization. The training you receive will enable you to make a positive impact while building your professional skills and civic responsibility.

The Southside Arts & Humanities Network (The Network) offers a Board Leadership Certificate program designed to leverage the University resources to provide participating Southside cultural organizations with talent for their boards. The Board Leadership program is unique in two ways: First, it aims to serve small and emerging arts and humanities organizations with annual budgets of less than $500,000. These organizations often have “working boards” that require dedication. Second, this program is “by the Southside, for the Southside” — with an emphasis on connecting the intellectual resources of the University of Chicago community with the cultural resources of local non-profits. The program will train participants and match their skills and interests with one of 10-15 selected small South Side cultural institutions.


Informational Session: Tuesday, March 20, 2012 12:00-1:30pm

Informational Session: Tuesday, April 24, 2012  12:00-1:30pm

Where: Graham School of General Studies, Press Building, 1427 E. 60th Street, Chicago, IL, 60637 Room 230

RSVP: (Lunch included for those who RSVP)

Who should participate:

  • -Are you a staff member or alum of the University of Chicago who is passionate about the arts and humanities and is seeking a meaningful volunteer opportunity on the South Side of Chicago?
  • -Are you a mid-level professional, seeking an opportunity to grow your professional skills particularly in the area of marketing, fundraising, technology, or finance?
  • -Are you an alum or local resident who has retired from business and is looking to use one’s skills in the arts non-profit section?
  • -Are you passionate about developing the South Side of Chicago into a vibrant cultural destination?


Board Leadership Certificate application available:

Here is a short video that describes the work of the Network and highlights the Board Leadership Certificate Program.

Program Structure/Curriculum

“How to be an Effective Member of a Nonprofit Arts/Humanities Board”

Small-to-medium sized nonprofit arts and humanities organizations rely heavily on highly qualified and motivated volunteers willing to serve as Board members to help advance their organizational missions. This four-course, 12-hour program will provide enrolled individuals with a thorough understanding of the essential qualifications, requirements, duties and expectations for successful arts/humanities Board membership. The course is tied to the Board Development program of the South Side Arts & Humanities Network, a program of the Civic Knowledge Project, which will seek to place certified individuals on the Boards of qualifying Network member organizations.


All students will complete the following four 3-hour courses to earn the program certificate:

Orientation: Oct 11, 5-7pm

Nonprofit Arts/Humanities Organization Structure and Lifecycle

Organizational Lifecycle: Oct 20, 2012Instructor: Lisa M. Tylke

The first course examines the often unique structures of arts organizations and their boards. Through this lens, this session defines different modes of operating and achieving accountability that can lead to results. The role of the nonprofit arts board member comes more sharply into focus as we examine the relationship between the board and staff, and some of the challenges posed by staffing and board transitions. This session also looks at the “life cycle” of a typical arts organization, from the founding staff and board, to the more professionally managed staff and corresponding working board, to the later stage governing board. By the end of the session, participants will be able to relate the different stages of development of an organization to the associated goals, priorities, and activities of the board.

Fiduciary and Legal Responsibilities of Nonprofit Boards

Legal and Fiduciary: Nov 3rd, 2012 Instructor: Elizabeth Milnikel and Jeff Leslie

The two-part course will cover the core fiduciary and legal responsibilities of board trustees, including financial oversight and safeguarding of organizational assets and nonprofit status. One of the most powerful tools for board members is the organization’s financial statements. The first portion of this course reviews the financial reporting and auditing requirements for nonprofits, with special focus on the Form 990 and its required disclosures. The conclusion to this portion of the course will explore how to regard and use these tools effectively as a new board member. In the second half of the course, students will learn about the legal responsibilities and liabilities that accompany service on a nonprofit board. Laws governing nonprofit boards, as well as the Volunteer Protection Act of 1997, will be reviewed. This portion will examine how nonprofit (501c3) status affects the ability of an arts organization to earn business income and the tax implications of UBIT (Unrelated Business Income Tax).

Board Role in Nonprofit Organization Development and Fundraising

Grassroots Fundraising: Nov 17, 2012 Instructor: Jackie Kaplan-Perkins

The third course introduces board candidates to the complex landscape of funding for nonprofit arts organizations, identifying and defining the sources of philanthropic support and the role board members are expected to play in securing that support. A working definition of fundraising is “the process of matching an organization’s mission, and the implementation of that mission, to the philanthropic desires and objectives of others”—examining this definition further, the lecturer will review the major types of contributed revenue, from corporations and foundations, to governments and individuals. In each case, common motivations for giving will be identified. Specific strategies must be implemented in the pursuit and acquisition of these different sources of contributed revenue. Major fundraising techniques will be addressed throughout the discussion, and panelists will illustrate diverse strategies in the context of their own work, and answer candidates’ questions about their future role as a fundraiser.

Effective Nonprofit Board Leadership and Management Approaches

Leadership and Management: Dec, 1, 2012 Instructor: Jackie Kaplan-Perkins

This course will serve as an “application lab” or workshop intended to generate discussion among the students regarding board structure, activities and dynamics they have observed during the process of meeting with a variety of arts/humanities organizations. A lecturer will discuss methods by which boards evaluate their performance and work to improve their effective governance in terms of board structure, organization, processes and team dynamics. Students will also benefit from the perspective of a panel of individuals who have joined boards of a variety of art/humanities organizations in the past year.

Participants have said:

Sara Ware: “This Program was excellent and exceeded my expectations. I found the course sessions to be interesting and dynamic, and the instructors were outstanding… I feel prepared to join a board now, and I ‘d recommend this program to anyone.”

D.E. Simmons, an art collector and a board member of Diasporal Rhythms said, “There is something else that you have added to the mix—you highlighted some very diverse and very impactful organizations that are doing great things in their community but are not widely known by individuals who may want to help and participate in their causes.”

Kathy DeVries, a senior executive at the University of Chicago Hospitals, noted in her feedback: “Excellent! Please continue and expand this great work.”

Oyekunle Oyegbemi from Ifa Yoruba Contemporary Arts Foundation listed several highlights of the Program for his organization: “1. Being able to match our needs with potential board members. 2. Being able to have face to face conversation about our organization and mission with potential board members. 3. Having access to a broad network of people that could help us be more successful. 4. Learning things that are necessary to build a successful organization. …I am fortunate to have participated in this program and believe that it is a game changer in the ability of our organization to be successful. I would not have had access to the experience and talents that my new board members bring to the table. Thank you.”


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Board Leadership Certificate has been made Permanent! And other happenings!

Southside Arts & Humanities Network February
Bart and Erika 

Network Members,


The Network is thrilled to announce that our Board Leadership Certificate Program has been made permanent by the Graham School of Continuing Liberal and Professional Studies.  Applications are now being accepted for organizations and individuals. This program recruits and trains individuals affiliated with the University of Chicago and helps match them with the boards of small South Side Arts & Humanities organizations. For more information please visit



If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me




If your arts/humanities organization seeks new trained board members, please clickhere.




City’s Celebratory Campaign to Feature Local Cultural Partner 

City’s Celebratory Campaign to Feature Local Cultural Partners 

Chicago turns 175 on March 4, 2012.
To celebrate the city’s birthday, the Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, in partnership with the Chicago Office of Tourism and Culture, will launch 175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO., the city’s official tourism website, will serve as the digital hub of the birthday celebration and feature an exciting calendar of events, programs, and promotions across the city, alongside fun facts about Chicago’s history and culture.

175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO will highlight the cultural vitality of Chicago throughout 2012 and encourage visitors and residents to explore the city’s cultural heritage. Cultural organizations interested in participating in this promotional campaign should click here. The online calendar will highlight festivals, cultural events, restaurant specials, local deals and tips, and fun historical facts covering the whole city.

This city-wide celebration will highlight the following type of events:

Milestone birthdays & anniversaries
Is your organization celebrating an important birthday or anniversary? We look forward to promoting events and programs planned around the milestone birthdays or other celebrations of our cultural partners.

Chicago traditions and other popular special activities
In the coming months, we will honor “Chicago favorites,” such as popular annual summer events and other “not to be missed” Chicago traditions. Let us know about the major festivals or events you have planned in 2012.

Special activities/promotions created around the theme of Chicago’s 175th Birthday
This celebratory initiative will also highlight restaurants, hotels, shops, and other attractions throughout Chicago that design unique programs and promotions around the theme of “175,” “1837,” or other features of the birthday.

If your organization is interested in being featured as part of this campaign, click here.

Participating partners will enjoy increased access to media and visitor attention as a result of their participation in this campaign. To be considered as a featured event during 175 DAYS TO LOVE CHICAGO, please click here to submit information about your planned event.

The deadline for March events is February 10. The deadline for April events is February 24.
Later events will be considered on a rolling deadline.


New Opportunity from the Joyce Foundation
Letter from Angelique Power 

” Artists are great placemakers, they are entrepreneurs, and they should
be the centerpiece of every town’s strategy for the future.”
Rocco Landesman, Chairman, National Endowment for the Arts 

Dear Artist, Nonprofit Professional, Community Member:

Artists change neighborhoods. Artists change cities. Artists change the world.

Since 2003, the Joyce Awards have distributed $1.8 million to support the commissioning
of new artwork from artists of color in Chicago, Cleveland, Indianapolis, Detroit, Milwaukee
and Minneapolis/St. Paul. In those ten years, Joyce Award recipients have flourished both
nationally and within their communities.

NEW! After 10 successful years, the Joyce Awards are changing the way communities
interact with art again. In recognition of the fact that art is happening everywhere, all the time, the Joyce Awards will now support the commissioning of new work from diverse artists no matter where they choose to work-in the gallery, on the stage, in the church, the schoolyard, the prison, the community center.

Starting this 2013 cycle, the applicant pool is open to any nonprofit organization, not just
art institutions. Artists and nonprofit groups in Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis,
Milwaukee, and St. Paul/Minneapolis are eligible to apply. Annually, a minimum of four awards
of $50,000 each is granted.

The Joyce Award guidelines are posted on the Culture Program section of the Joyce
Foundation website at The submission deadline for letters of inquiry is
April 3, 2012.

Thank you for considering applying and I look forward to learning about your projects.

Angelique Power
Senior Program Officer, Culture



Chicago Cultural Plan
Town hall meetings 

Community Invited to Plan for the Advancement of the Arts 

The Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events (DCASE) is asking residents, cultural organizations and community groups for their input in developing the 2012 Chicago Cultural Plan. The plan will deliver a set of recommendations to support the arts and artists throughout the city, as well as enhance economic growth and Chicago’s reputation as a global cultural destination.

Chicagoans can easily participate in shaping the plan and can submit their ideas through social media, town hall meetings and public forums. The plan will provide a list of recommendations and serve as a blueprint for the future of Chicago’s arts and culture community.   The strategies of the plan will also help implement key goals such as extending the arts into the neighborhoods.

Public engagement will play a key role. Town Hall meetings will be held in four locations beginning February 15 and continuing on February 16, 18 and 21. To participate in the conversation, attend one of the following meetings:

Wednesday, February 15: Columbia College from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Thursday, February 16: Nicholas Senn High School from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
Saturday, February 18: DuSable Museum from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Tuesday, February 21: National Museum of Mexican Art from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

To learn more,


Artistic and cultural diversity initiative
Deadline March 15th 

Please be aware that The Chicago Community Trust is accepting Letters of Inquiry until 5 p.m., March 15, 2012 for its Artistic and Cultural Diversity initiative. 

All applicants for Artistic and Cultural Diversity Grants are invited to an information session on February 14, 2012 from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at The Chicago Community Trust offices. To attend, please RSVP to Karen Mensch

Arts organizations and/or presenting venues of all sizes should submit a Letter of Inquiry individually or in collaboration for support for projects that aim to achieve the following goals:
·         Showcase the talents of culturally specific artists.
·         Perform/exhibit/conduct programs in venues that are located in areas of Cook County that are culturally underserved.
·         Perform/exhibit/conduct programs in public venues (such as libraries, parks, community colleges) located in areas of Cook County that are culturally underserved.
·         Plan and implement projects with meaningful involvement by leaders/collaborators from the target community or audience.
·         Ensure affordability and accessibility for the target community or audience.
·         Include an effective means of tracking market penetration and participant response.
·         Include well-defined strategies for building on or sustaining the collaboration, cross-promotion or presence within the target market or community.
·         Increase the Trust’s visibility within the target community.
Collaborators are encouraged to work together to submit complementary proposals requesting separate grants to support the clearly defined role of each partner. This grant making area is a competitive process that will select projects/productions by different organizations each year; it is not designed to support the same organization for multiple consecutive years.

More information on the initiative can be found here.



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Board Leadership Certificate launches this weekend

The new Board Leadership Certificate program launches this weekend with a three hour course on Organizational Development!

To learn more:



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